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Twice annually, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DNRC) lowers the water level at Lake Nockamixon over a 2 day period, creating Class 3 and 4 whitewater condition on the normally tranquil Tohickon creek. As you might guess, this attracts a lot of people to enjoy the 4 mile run from Ralph Stover Park to the Delaware river.

While I have lived a mere 30 minutes from the event, I have never attended.  After this visit, I’m hooked.  I parked at my secret parking spot and hiked to the creek, where I had the place to myself with a near steady stream of kayakers, rafters, and a lone surfboard.

I took a boatload of photos, which I pruned them down to 20ish, so I’m apologizing in advance. I hope you enjoy.  This particular day was warm, but cloudy.  I arrived around 2:30 and the lighting was not great.  I used high ISO to get the shutter speeds required and they came out pretty good.  One lesson I learned afterwards was to change the camera to auto-focus using only the center of the image, which should yield sharper images next time.

Captions are below the images, which I didn’t do for every shot.  Lots of colorful outfits, the people were all very friendly and really enjoying themselves.  I can’t wait for March.





all smiles!


yes, the guy on the right is facing upstream, he got spun around, but didn’t flip.




not going well


not how I planned it. This guy struggled to right himself and his fellow kayakers and I were getting concerned. He recovered and continued the trip.


grinning from ear to ear


good afternoon



gotta remember to keep my eyes open




just another day on the creek


Oh $hit!






Guy in the chrome helmet has his damaged kayak on his lap


Dude was on a surfboard!

8 thoughts on “whitewater

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    holy crap, that last one! what a bunch of happy goofball daredevils!

  2. rebecca says:

    Some of my friends from my photo group were there. I missed it this year. I think it was warmer than most years in the past too.

  3. Andy says:

    A rough go but everyone looks happy.

  4. Mary says:

    Looks like they all had a blast. What a great place to take photos.

  5. Oh man, I would love to try but I’m a coward!
    Did dude on the board make it? 🙂

  6. TheChieftess says:

    Looks like a great day!!! Glad the mishaps righted themselves!!!

    A Stand up paddle board??? Really??? Not me…not in a million years in that water!!!

  7. Marsha says:

    wow- looks like so much fun…for both the rafters and the photographer!!

  8. genie says:

    Holy Shomoley!!!!!! I have been white water rafting two times and both times was scared out of my wits. This is ROUGH water. That poor fellow that flipped. That would do it for me. Loved the post. Each picture had its own story to tell. Kudos to you on great captures.